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November 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Women and minorities still earn less than white, male writers in the film and tv industry in the US.

The 2009 Hollywood Writers Report is the sixth in a series of reports released by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) examining employment and earnings trends for writers in the Hollywood industry. These reports have highlighted three groups of writers — women, minorities, and older writers – who traditionally have been underemployed in the industry. The reports have documented the employment experiences of these study groups relative to their male, white, and younger counterparts in order to identify any patterns that suggest either progress or retreat on the industry diversity front. Using the reports as a diagnostic tool, the WGAW seeks to collaborate with the industry in efforts to increase the employment opportunities of all writers.

The 2009 report serves as a two-year follow-up to its predecessor, the 2007 Hollywood Writers Report. While it focuses primarily on hiring and earnings patterns for the latest two-year period not covered in the previous report (i.e., 2006 and 2007), it also includes updated analyses of data extending back to 2003, as well as data for select years imported from previous reports. Prior reports provide summary data on trends going back to 1982.


Check out the comparison graphs in the Executive Summary, and clear cut analysi such as this:

White males continue to dominate in both the film and television sectors. Women remain stuck at 28 percent of television employment and 18  percent of film employment. The minority share of film employment has been frozen at 6 percent since 1999, while the group’s share of television employment actually declined to 9 percent since the last report.


Since 2005 — the final year analyzed in the 2007 Hollywood Writers Report – women writers’ share of overall employment has remained unchanged at 25 percent.


White Males Continue to Dominate in Overall Earnings; Minority Earnings
Approach Those for Women Minority writers earned $87,652 in 2007, compared to $90,686 for women and $112,500 for white males. The $24,848 gap between minority earnings and white male earnings in
2007 represents nearly a $14,000 reduction in the $38,490 gap evident in 2005, the last year covered in the previous report. Meanwhile, the overall earnings gap between minority writers and women writers closed to its smallest point in 2007 ($3,034), which improved upon a much wider gap in 2005 ($12,868). Nonetheless, the overall earnings of white male writers significantly outpaced those of the other groups throughout the study period, reflecting the continuing dominance of white males in the industry…

[via Defamer]


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